Subtleties of Dislodging Dialogue

symptoms include fear 

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Let me just take a moment to clarify something. When I refer to ‘stories’ in this post, I mean descriptions of events that happened to your character, as told by your character—for example, your character may tell her best friend the story of an encounter she had with a ghost, using some of the techniques identified by Edwards and Potter to make this story more believable and less far-fetched.

That all clear? Lovely. On to the good stuff then.

Fact construction techniques—those nine means of convincing others covered in the previous Psychology Segments—are pretty useful to writers. In using these techniques, your characters provide you with several opportunities to increase the realism of your novels, create conflict and ‘show’ the reader things about your characters rather than just ‘tell’ them. Here’s how.


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